Once, it was commonplace for families to sit down on Victorian balloon back dining chairs round a large extended table, and eat together. Yet according to a recent survey carried out by Lloyds TSB Home Insurance, formal dining is a thing of the past in many homes. (more…)
Lancashire collectors are often mystified by the obscure terms antique auctioneers use. However, they can take heart by the fact that even the experts can be stumped thinking up the right phrases sometimes.
At a recent Christie’s sale, an (more…)
Lancashire residents will be no doubt be furiously checking the contents of their antique cabinets, following the news that an antique plate taken for Antiques Roadshow valuation in a supermarket carrier bag was estimated to be worth £100,000. Grandmother Wendy Jones had only (more…)
An antique organ which has been loaned to a church in East Austin is still in mint condition, despite being 150 years old. The organ has been lent to the Redeemer Presbyterian church by Harvard University as they have moved on to a newer model. According to experts, organs like this one can retain their sound quality for hundreds of years. (more…)
Eric Knowles is to make an appearance at the Gordon Craig theatre 14th September, when he will talk about his lifelong love of antiques and his career in the antiques industry. The valuation expert, aged 58 is well known for his appraisal of antiques on the Antique Roadshow, which made him a household name.
Eric grew up in Lancashire surrounded by castles, a Roman Fort and local history, including the famous Pendle Witch trials which were said to have occurred in Lancashire in 1612. He acquired an interest in antiques in his early childhood, which led on to his employment with Bonhams auctioneer, eventually becoming director.
The specialist subject of Knowles is ornamental continental glass, china and pottery, although he has come across much stranger items. Whilst working on the Antiques Roadshow, Eric was presented with some false teeth which were reputed to belong to George Washington. After further investigation he said:
“My wife worked for a top dentist in London and we made an X-ray of the teeth. We were able to determine that the screws holding the teeth were from a later period than when George Washington had been alive.”
The most valuable item he has seen was a dish from the Ming Dynasty, worth £850,000. Like Eric Knowles, if you have an interest in antiques, and are looking for items like a vase or antique dining tables in the Lancashire area, one of the expert antique dealers will show you a variety of fine pieces.
The centre of antique trading, Francis street in The Liberties, has received a much needed boost from existing traders to place the antiques quarter firmly back on the map. Just as London has Portobello road and the Left Bank is the place to trade in Paris, Francis street has been the antiques quarter of Dublin for generations. Although collectors will find hidden treasures among the antique shops, there’s a versatile range of items to be found, from fine art to unusual gifts and collectibles. (more…)
There’s one disadvantage to bidding for antique furniture at auction: what if you’re in Preston, but the Victorian oak pedestal desk you want so badly is at a sale room in Penrith? 1818 Auctioneers in Cumbria reckon they’ve solved the problem, by putting all their antiques auctions live online. Customers can access the virtual catalogues, place bids and watch everything that’s going on in the auction room. (more…)
Kentchurch Court, on the borders of Herefordshire and Wales, is one of England’s oldest and finest stately homes. However, the owner’s refusal to open the house to the public was costing her £50,000 a year, until Ruth Watson and the Country House Rescue team stepped in. Seated on antique balloon backed dining chairs around a palatial antique dining table , Ruth and owner Jan Lucas-Scudamore managed to come to a workable solution – though not without some reservations at first. (more…)
From antique desks to Victorian dining chairs, the “Golden Age” of Louis XIV had tremendous influence on 18th and 19th century design. If you want to make a Louis-XIV-style antique dining table , a Lancashire dealer will probably have an affordable Victorian copy. Buying a matching timepiece may be a different matter, however. Recently, a 17th century Golden Age table clock was sold at Bonhams for over (more…)
Leading auction house and valuers Bonhams have announced they are to go into partnership with Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, working on technology to make it easier to identify fake antiques. Although the process is aimed at porcelain, it must be remembered many antique dining tables and antique desks in (more…)